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Should I talk to my doctor about head and neck cancer symptoms?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If you have symptoms of head and neck cancer you should contact your doctor. This is especially important if these symptoms have been present for more than 2-3 weeks, as persistent symptoms increase the possibility of the symptoms being caused by cancer. Head and neck cancers are very serious disorders, and early diagnosis with prompt, appropriate treatment is necessary to have a significant chance of being cured. Your doctor can help make the diagnosis, begin treatment, manage side effects of the treatment, and advise you how to decrease the chances of the tumor returning or a new cancer developing after successful treatment. Even if there is limited possibility of a cure, your doctor will be able to help you manage potential problems which can develop with these cancers, such as pain, difficulty with swallowing or speaking, fatigue, and depression.

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